Over 200 people have escaped from a Nigerian prison in the northern state of Kogi after a heavy downpour collapsed a part of the Koton-Karfe Correctional Centre, reports the BBC.
The spokesperson for the prison, Nihi Sesan, confirmed that the rains brought down the prison’s fences and broke part of the building, allowing for the inmates to escape.
Sesan could not give the actual number of escapees however, local reports put it at over 200. He said his outfit is liaising with the police to re-arrest the inmates.
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The spokesperson, however, acknowledged that it would take a great deal of search to recapture the inmates.
Nigeria has in recent times, seen mass prison breaks of inmates. In 2009. over 150 inmates broke free from the Enugu State Maximum Security Prisons.
Three prison guards were raped in that process.
In 2012, gunmen attacked the Jumela Prisons in Damaturu, Yobe State, freeing over 40 people from the institution.
And then in 2018, another batch of over 200 escaped from the Minna Maximum Prisons in Niger state after gunmen opened fire on prison guards.